Connecting To Spirit thru Mother Ayahuasca

Gecko Dreams by Patricia Robin Woodruff

Gecko Dreams by Patricia Robin Woodruff

I have been reading many books on spirituality this year, and one that I came across is written by Tommy Bailey, “Ayahuasca: My Journey to Peru to Participate in an 8-Day Ayahuasca Retreat”.  I was intrigued to hear a first hand account of this Peruvian plant that reputedly has the power to connect people with the spirit world and the Collective Unconscious.  I remembered reading about this years ago.  The plant is prepared into a drink and is imbibed during an ayahuasca ceremony under the guidance of a Shaman.  I found it fascinating that many people who have participated in this have had the same sort of visions, a heart opening experience, as well as a feeling of being connected with all the Universe.  Some people feel that it is the plant world communicating and teaching us, so it is sometimes referred to as “Mother Ayahuasca.”

Synchronicity struck last month when my daughter who had been planning a trip to Peru for the past year found out her traveling companion couldn’t accompany her.  I jumped at the chance to go.  When I looked at the touring company that she was planning to go with, I saw that they had a “Spiritual Ayahuasca” option that I could sign up for, so everything seems to be lining up for me to participate in this spiritual experience.  Another fascinating step along the journey of connecting to Spirit.

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Love Energy

Wrapped In Morning by Patricia Robin Woodruff

Wrapped In Morning by Patricia Robin Woodruff

Douglas Hofstadter mentions, “… that wonderful tingling of two souls that we curiously call “chemistry”, and that the French, even more curiously, describe as ‘avoir des atomes crochus’, which means having atoms that are hooked together.”

Do these phrases mean that we intuitively know that when we are deeply in love with a person there is a deep down change in our bodies at the chemical level (or deeper still, at a subatomic/energy level?)  Is it because when we are in love we vibrate to the same frequency or are “tuned in” to each other?

This is a type of connection that is more than the mere physical, it is connection on an energetic level.  This is what I wanted to tap into in my book, Naked Morsels; Short Stories of Spiritual Erotica.  I was annoyed with erotic stories that were simply “jumping from bed to bed”, I wanted my stories to capture the ineffable thrill of real connection.  Delighting in one another’s body is lovely, but there is so much more!

Author Deepak Chopra talks about the connection between sexuality and Spirit:

“…[an] invitation to open our lives and our souls to ecstasy, recognizing it for what it really is — the experience of our own divinity.”

If you think of how the Universe was created in the Big Bang, all that energy flew out, swirling and coalescing into suns and planets and that energy became solid matter and transformed eventually into us.  If all of that energy started from the Divine, then we are all limited fragments of the Divine.  When we join with another in love, we become larger than ourselves.  We feel that connection to the Divine Source… Love.

Blessings,

Robin Rumi

Ten Pivotal Books In My Spiritual Journey

If the me of 30 years ago met the me now, I’d probably think I was kind of “out there.” It is very difficult to leap right into the thick of spiritual revelation without being thought mad.  These are certain books that I have read that have gently eased me along my path of spiritual and mental discovery:

1) “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. One of my earliest experiences with how thinking can change your body and mind.

2) “Stranger In A Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein. Again, showing a different way of thinking about things. If you can find the recently published *unedited* edition, it’s way better!

3) “Illusions: A Tale of a Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach. He’s best known for “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, which had cool concepts but Illusions is orders of magnitude better and has such great quotes as, “You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true.” And “The best way to avoid responsibilities is to say I have responsibilities.” (It’s also a quick read.)

4) “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. He looks at it from a Christian point of view, but it works no matter what God you put in there (or don’t.)

5) “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Maybe my #1 most influential book, mainly because she includes a lot of exercises to help change your life.

6) “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain.  I still use her visualizations almost daily.

7) “The Bromeliad Trilogy” by Terry Pratchett, which include the three books of “Truckers”, “Diggers” and “Wings”. These kids books would’ve been pivotal if I had read them as a kid. But I loved them as an adult and gave them to my nieces and nephews because they are SO funny. Telling the tale of these little gnomes who live hidden in a department store, but at the same time giving the wonderful message of, “There’s LOTS more out there! Don’t believe everything you’ve been told!”

8) any poetry of Rumi. He knows Spirit and always inspires me thru his words.

9) “Our Dreaming Mind” by Robert Van de Castle. A scientist who studied dreams and had to come to the conclusion of the Collective Unconscious and other mental connections.

10) “The Hunger for Ecstasy; Fulfilling the Soul’s Need for Passion and Intimacy” by Jalaja Bonheim, which validated my spiritual view of physical intimacy.

I hope this will encourage you to read some of these wonderful books!

My book Naked Morsels: Short Stories of Spiritual Erotica is available at:

https://www.createspace.com/4756061

– Robin Rumi

Sacred Places and moving closer to Spirit

I saw in the news where a person  from a differing belief system led people to deface sacred stones in Russia.  These two stones known as the Maiden stone and the Goose stone have been held sacred for 5000 years.  The modern day miscreants spray painted “Idolatry is a sin” on the stones.  Their religion makes them think that their way is the only way, regardless that their great spiritual teacher, Jesus, gave them the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

I have traveled to many different sacred spots and hold each in high regard, whether I am of that faith or not.  Regardless if the space is a cathedral altar or sacred grove, a Mormon sanctum or a Buddhist roadside shrine, it should be treated with respect.  Sometimes sacred spots get reinterpreted by the popular religion.  In the case of these sacred stones, they were probably sacred to the ancient Slavic Deity, Veles.  Later they were reinterpreted to be sacred because the story arose that this was where St. George fought the dragon.

Spray painting on someone’s sacred spot does not bring you closer to God.  It separates you from your fellow man.  It sends an egotistical message of “I am better than you.”    The sacred can be determined by what moves you closer to Deity: goodness, love, respect, kindness.  As the poet, Mary Ann Pietzker said,

“Is it true?  Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Although the defiler of the stones may have believed it was true and somehow thought it was necessary, it certainly was not kind.  Nor did it follow the message of love that was the core of Jesus’ message.  So as an affirmation for the week:

“I treat others with goodness, love, respect and kindness, putting myself in harmony with Spirit.”

– Robin Rumi

Photo of Maiden Stone thru Wikimedia Commons from Khakhalin

Photo of Maiden Stone thru Wikimedia Commons from Khakhalin

Walking the Winding Labyrinth of your Spiritual Path

Labyrinths go back in antiquity and across cultures; Greece, Europe, India, Egypt, early Native America, Russia etc.  People can confuse a labyrinth with a maze, but a maze has many different branches, whereas a labyrinth has but one path to the center and back out again. It is not a puzzle, but a meditative tool and ritual path.

One of the most fascinating collection of Neolithic labyrinths are located on an island around Russia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_labyrinths_of_Bolshoi_Zayatsky_Island
They are thought to be around 3000 years old and seemed to have served as sacred ritual locations. They certainly are on my travel wish list.

Closer to home is the labyrinth at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary near Artemas, PA. The process of traversing a labyrinth makes it obvious that they serve a meditative role. The rhythm of walking and the spiraling patterns moving in and out naturally produce a meditative state.  The Labyrinth at 4QF sits on the crown of a hill, overlooking the serene Pennsylvanian mountains.  It is 84 feet in diameter and its weaving 7 circuit pattern is  based on an ancient Cretan layout. Its mown meadow paths are slowly being converted to more permenant stone edging.

I have walked many labyrinths in churches, fields and woods.  Each time I find myself falling into that timeless state of kairos, sacred time.  It is as if the labyrinth is a path into spiritual dimensions, a way to untangle our thoughts, or a path to find ourselves.  As novelist Kate Mosse said,

“Pas a pas, se va luenh.
Step by step, we make our way.”

This also applies to our search for a spiritual path; sometimes we seem closer to clarity, other times it is still far away.  It can be seen as traveling  inward towards our spiritual center.  After we find spiritual wholeness, we journey back again into the world.

I wish you well on walking your spiritual path.

– Robin Rumi

 

Labyrinth at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary

Labyrinth at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary

Wanderings on the road to Spirit

It was the most beautiful cemetery I had ever seen.  That sounds odd now that I write it down, but it was!  It had an air of unkept beauty; silvery Spanish moss hanging down, flowers growing in hidden crannies, and old carved headstones surrounded by wrought iron.  It was my first visit to Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston, SC cemetery

Charleston, SC cemetery

I entered through the open iron gates wandering down a garden alley way, with myrtles arching over my head and flowering bushes lining the flagstone walk.  Some of the headstones were tottering, or being engulfed by the ancient myrtles growing beside them.  As I wandered the intricate paths, I read carved inscriptions for people who were born almost 300 years ago.  I noticed that it was connected to the Unitarian Universalist church.

It was on my next visit to Charleston, lured back by that beautiful graveyard, I attended a church service there.  I had been visiting and reading the holy books of many different religions and attending services at various churches.  I had heard Unitarian Universalists (or UU’s) were “kinda weird” but then again, so was I.  It was a very interesting, thought provoking sermon, but the best bit came over their coffee get-together afterwards.  (Which I now know is one of the few “sacraments” they have.) I asked the minister what they believed in.

Her words hit a chord, “We don’t have a creed.  We support you in your responsible search for meaning.”  It was like the scene in the Blue’s Brothers, where the sun beam breaks through the stained glass window and Jake shouts, “I have *seen* the Light!”  I was delighted, excited and practically walking on air.  I had found a spiritual home!  I had found other companions on this journey.  Folks like me, who read and wondered and tried on spiritual teachings to see how it fit their soul.

I hope you enjoy this walk with me as I tell you of some of my findings along the road to Spirituality.

– Robin Rumi